A special College Coffee and a New Orleans-themed takeover of campus dining halls for lunch and supper were two of the ways that the campus celebrated Mardi Gras on Tuesday

 Elon wore the colors purple, green, and gold as part of the celebrations that took place throughout the day.

 College Coffee at Alumni Gym featured jazz music, King Cake, beignets, and bananas foster doughnut holes, and attendees wore beads and masks.

 Louisiana-born President Connie Ledoux Book finds the annual ceremony noteworthy.

 “Mardi Gras here at Elon brings together two of my favorite things,” she remarked

  I love seeing coworkers and students eat King Cake and learning about the Louisiana Fat Tuesday customs my family has observed for years.

  This year, the Elon Jazz Band performed beautifully, making it a special celebration.”

 The musical performance thrilled Sarah Dawkins ’25. She stated she liked hearing the jazz band at College Coffee since she loves jazz

 My dad plays guitar, and I've always loved listening to him play jazz, so hearing it on campus is great.”

 Dining halls across campus offered Louisiana-themed lunch and dinners with crawfish and other seafood, mocktails, balloon artists, and photobooths

 Live music accompanied a crawfish presentation, where visitors learned how to consume the brilliant red crabs.

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